Spring means the arrival of idle, easygoing moments that are lighter in fare and this trio of wines from CK Mondavi is no exception. Those enduring the soul-crushing chokehold of inflation on their bank accounts may find this a bit more suitable to their liking than something retailing at higher price points. Also, of note: Each bottle reviewed herein features labels printed with thermochromic ink, which changes color when appropriately chilled to the suggested serving temperature. That’s a swell notion and a nice bonus feature.
NV CK Mondavi Moscato – An expected Moscato profile full of sweet, clean fruit notes of peach and lemon, eventually winds its way into elements of honey and vanilla. Not much complexity here, but fans of Moscato will be pleased with its easygoing and reliable nature, and it could also serve as an appealing after-dinner drink. B / $7
2021 CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio – There is many a splendored activity ranking higher on my list of things to do than have a glass of Pinot Grigio: shred an Achilles tendon, eat kitty litter, watch Chuck Todd on Meet the Press but to name a few. However, this is a most welcome surprise. A focus on ripe pear, honeydew melon, and a gentle floral note throughout leads to a dry, crisp finish. While this is a bit thin on the palate, it’s a pleasant offering for the asking price. And remember that label I spoke of earlier? It does its job. B / $7
2021 CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc – Fruit-forward on the nose with a lively blast of lemon, apricot, and pineapple before turning green and herbaceous. There is oak influence on the medium-length finish, which mutes the back-end from excessive sweetness. It’s a lively offering, one that pairs quite well with Thai cuisine. B+ / $7